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  1. Kevin Arnold Launches OpenAura Image Distribution Company for Artists

    February 26, 2014 8:30 PM EST Can a picture be worth a thousand dollars or more? That is the hope of OpenAura, a San Francisco company that wants artists to make money from their digital identity by distributing official photos, artwork and other visual content to a growing ar ...

  2. Cooking Vinyl Launches CV America Headed By Essential USA CEO Erik Gilbert

    October 03, 2012 2:52 PM EDT The CV Group has rolled subsidiary Essential USA into its newly launched CV America which will be headed up by Erik Gilbert. In addition to the global platform for marketing and distribution services that Essential US provided to North American la ...

  3. Exclusive: The Orchard Names Colleen Theis Chief Operating Officer; Announces Lonestar Signing

    August 06, 2012 3:00 PM EDT The Orchard, an independent music and video distribution company operating in more than 20 global markets, has announced the appointment of Colleen Theis as Chief Operating Officer. Theis, who previously worked as Managing Director of UK & Eur ...

  4. Exclusive: Frenchkiss Label Group Announces First Distributed Labels: ATP, White Iris, Underwater Peoples, More

    May 09, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Frenchkiss, which announced the formation of the Frenchkiss Label Group earlier this year, has announced the first nine labels joining the fold: ATP Recordings, Cavity Search, Cult, God Mode, Holiday Friends, JAXART, Pendu Sound, Underwater People ...

  5. Business Matters: Sirius XM to Offer Personalized Radio

    May 01, 2012 5:10 PM EDT Sirius XM To Dive Into Personalized Radio Internet radio is going to become even more competitive. Sirius XM is following Clear Channel and Pandora into the personalized radio business, the company announced Tuesday. CEO Mel Karmazin mentioned the ...

  6. Layoffs at The Orchard Following Ioda Merger

    March 27, 2012 3:26 PM EDT Digital distributors the Orchard has laid off employees just three weeks after its merger with the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA). According sources with knowledge of the layoffs, ten people from the IODA side of the business were ...

  7. Orchard, IODA Merging; Sony Music To Invest In New Company: Sources

    March 05, 2012 7:19 PM EST The Orchard and the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA), the two largest digital aggregators in the United States, are merging. Sony Music Entertainment will be a strategic investor in the combined entity, sources tell Billboard.biz. A ...

  8. Retail Briefs: Essential Launches in North America, Iggy Pop On Record Store Day, NARM Honors Brett Gurewitz

    January 25, 2012 10:20 AM EST Essential Music & Marketing Expands to North America Essential Music & Marketing, a U.K. and European indie distribution company, has launched a North American division, which will be headed by Erik Gilbert, who previously was VP of client ...

  9. Retail Briefs: Essential Music & Marketing Launches North American Division

    January 23, 2012 8:40 PM EST Essential Music & Marketing Launches North American Division -- Essential Music & Marketing, a U.K. and European indie distribution company, has launched a North American division. Erik Gilbert, who previously was VP of client strategy at ...

  10. Cricket's Muve Music Quietly Passes 500,000 Subscribers

    January 09, 2012 9:05 AM EST Mobile carrier Cricket Communications announced Monday it surpassed 500,000 subscribers to Muve Music, the unlimited music service it bundles with mobile service. About one year after launch, Muve Music has quietly amassed about half the subscribe ...

  11. Rara.com, New Music-Subscription Service, Targets Digital-Music Latecomers

    December 13, 2011 12:39 PM EST Rara.com, a new take on music subscription services, launched Tuesday in 16 territories including the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Italy and Sweden. It will also launch in seven additional markets, including Canada and Mexico, later this week. The ...

  12. Business Matters: Digital Executives Excited, Optimistic About Google Music

    November 16, 2011 9:13 PM EST Digital Executives Excited, Optimistic About Google Music -- It's official: Google is in the digital music business. At an event in Los Angeles on Wednesday the company unveiled a new MP3 store that is integrated with its existing cloud stora ...

  13. Google Music Launch Unveils a Solid Competitor to Apple, Amazon, Spotify

    November 16, 2011 6:36 PM EST Google did not disappoint in its hotly anticipated launch event for Google Music in Los Angeles this afternoon. Although the company is relatively late in launching a music-download store, it has put together a compelling suite of features that sh ...

  14. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Lynn Hazan

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 33 (tie) Lynn Hazan CFO/executive VP/GM, RED Distribution; executive VP/GM, Independent Online Distribution Alliance Website: Redmusic.com , iodalliance.com Twitter: @stachemedia Lynn Hazan, as executive VP/GM of both RED Distribution and the ...

  15. What Exactly Is An Independent Label? Differing Definitions, Different Market Shares

    July 18, 2011 6:28 PM EDT Back in 2007 (June 30, Billboard) when I asked what is an indie, I got a multitude of answers. Today, that question evokes even more complex answers because the landscape has not only changed dramatically but is still changing. Over the last 15 ye ...

  16. Can Vybz Kartel's Business Empire Survive Split With Partner?

    June 20, 2011 2:30 PM EDT "I always wanted to be the Russell Simmons of dancehall," says Vybz Kartel pictured here in late-May outside the offices of of his upcoming reality TV show in Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo: Patricia Meschino) Vybz Kartel (born Adidja Palmer) ...

  17. Business Matters: If Labels Don't Like Amazon's Cloud, They Won't Like Tunesbag Either

    March 31, 2011 4:55 PM EDT If Labels Hate Amazon's Cloud, They'll Won't Like Tunesbag Either -- If labels hate Amazon's Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, they might as well hate Tunesbag, too. Just days after the launch of Amazon's cloud storage service ...

  18. Domino's Steve Savoca Headed To Spotify

    March 25, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Spotify is continuing its U.S. staffing effort with the addition of longtime Domino Records head of digital Steve Savoca. The company confirmed Savoca's hiring late last night. He is its new head of content operations, reporting into Ken Park ...

  19. Business Matters: Obama Admin. Gets Behind Performance Rights Act, Harsher Illegal Streaming Penalties

    March 16, 2011 5:00 PM EDT Obama Administration Gets Behind Performance Rights Act -- Record labels and performers appear to have inched closer to getting a performance right for sound recordings. On Tuesday, the White House U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinato ...

  20. Biz Matters: Spotify's New Competition In Sweden Is A Big WiMP

    February 24, 2011 7:05 PM EST Spotify's New Competitor In Sweden Is WiMP -- Spotify is about to get new competition in its home turf of Sweden when the WiMP service launches next week. It is the music service of Aspiro, a Noway-based company that creates TV and music stre ...

  21. Google Music: Meet The Executive Team

    February 15, 2011 5:04 PM EST The Google Music service that's become the worst-kept secret in the music industry may not be live yet, nor is it showing signs of launching anytime soon, but we are slowly getting clarity into who at Google is building the service. On Friday ...

  22. Business Matters: Harry Fox, Smule, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster Bankruptcy and more

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Harry Fox Inks Deal With IODA -- Harry Fox has inked a deal with digital distributor IODA for a clearance and royalty digital process. One feature is the ability of IODA clients to clear digital l ...

  23. Business Matters: Smartphone Forecast For 2014, Google, IODA and more

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WHAT THE SMARTPHONE MARKET WILL LOOK LIKE IN 2014 -- Apple is making a few moves to help app developers. First, it has decided to lift restrictions that prevented developers from using third-party tools to rewrite the code from another platform. T ...

  24. Rdio Launches To Public, Adds More Content

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music streaming service Rdio opened to the public on Tuesday with an additional distributor’s content and availability in Canada. It had been in private beta release since early June. Rdio has added IODA to the content it has already licensed from ...

  25. Business Matters: Guvera, Google, EMI, Pitchfork and more

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT GUVERA, THE ORCHARD INK DEAL -- Ad-supported download site Guvera has inked a licensing deal with The Orchard , giving the startup a much-needed boost in its catalog. Currently, the Guvera website has a note about its catalog: “What you can't ...

  26. Guvera Reveals User Numbers, Plans Expansion

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported digital music service Guvera has revealed some user-habits for the first time since its March launch. The service currently counts more than 75,000 users across both its U.S. and Australian operations, with a nudge over 40,000 hailing ...

  27. Guvera Inks Oz Deal With Liberation

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian ad-supported digital music service Guvera has struck a content partnership deal with indie Liberation Music Group, part of the Melbourne-based Mushroom Group of Companies. The Australia-only licensing deal is the first news from the Gol ...

  28. Business Matters: Live Nation, IODA, Google, Android Market and More

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation will get a second ruling from the UK's Competition Committee as early as next week, reports Bloomberg. The Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger was first approved by anti-trust regulators in December, but a tribunal ordered a review ...

  29. Ex-RBD Christopher von Uckermann Says The Magic Word

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Christopher von Uckermann, formerly one-sixth of Mexican pop phenom RBD, is working a different kind of magic on a new Fox series in Latin America. “Kdabra,” which premiered in Brazil last week and debuts Thursday on Fox’ cable network in the rest ...

  30. Mflow Launches In U.K.

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The social music discovery service mflow has officially launched in the U.K. It was has been operating a closed trial for 10,000 invited users since October 2009. From April 15, it has removed access restrictions, though it remains for U.K residen ...

  31. Billboard.biz Q&A: Guvera CEO Claes Loberg

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hoping to succeed where its predecessors have failed, ad-supported music site Guvera launched in the U.S. in late March. The Australian-based startup, along with US-based Free All Music, is part of a new breed of business model that aims to reduce ...

  32. More Free Music: Guvera Launches In US

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Guvera, a free, ad-supported music download site, quietly launched in public beta phase in the U.S. on Tuesday. The company launched in Australia last month. Unlike previous ad-supported models, which offer streams or tethered downloads, Guvera wi ...

  33. Better Than Cheap? Distribution as a Commodity

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As prices for basic services drop, digital distribution is becoming a commodity with few differences between services. Artists and labels are being well served by low-priced distribution services that charge a flat fee and return 100% of retail sa ...

  34. @SXSW: Mobile Content Sharing App Lokast Unveiled

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A new mobile content sharing app called Lokast launched at the SXSW festival, from parent company NearVerse. The app allows people in the same local area - about 300 feet - to download content from one another so long as they both have the Lokast ...

  35. MOG Raises $10 Million, Plans U.K. Launch

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST MOG, a blog aggregation and music subscription service hybrid, has landed around $10 million in venture capital funding. A report at paidContent says the money will finance an entry in the U.K. market this spring. Previous investor Menlo Ventures ...

  36. Ad-Supported Guvera To Launch in U.S. on March 30

    February 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ad-supported music service Guvera announced at its New York City launch party that it will launch in the U.S. on March 30. The Australia-based company also announced at the Feb. 18 event that it has licensing deals with INgrooves, BMI, the Harry F ...

  37. Ad-Supported Guvera Launches Down Under

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ad-supported digital music startup Guvera has quietly launched in beta mode down under. The Gold Coast, Australia-based company today (Feb. 2) revealed that its local service was activated last week with more than 40 Australian advertisers taking ...

  38. Business Matters: Spotify, Citizen Cope, IODA and More

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Spotify CEO Daniel Ek tells BBC News a U.S. launch is ...

  39. @MIDEM: Chinese Mobile Operators Get IODA Catalog

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST IODA has signed a deal with leading Chinese digital music distribution company R2G which will give mobile phone users in China access to the content aggregator's catalog of independent music. According to the terms of the deal, announced toda ...

  40. Full Coverage of MIDEM 2010

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Full coverage of the 2010 MIDEM global trade fair and conference in Cannes, France, which runs Saturday, Jan. 23 - Wednesday, Jan. 27. *** CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF KEY MOMENTS AT MIDEM 2010 *** @MIDEM: Attendance Down 10% January 27, 2010 As the M ...

  41. @MIDEM: RightsFlow, PRS For Music Sign Deal

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST RightsFlow, which provides mechanical licensing for labels and digital service providers, has signed a deal to identify and license PRS for Music works for mechanical uses in the U.S. Since digital service providers began paying for streaming, sub ...

  42. Business Matters: IFPI Sweden, Guvera, Virgin Media, Pemberton Festival

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Recorded music sales in Sweden posted a big turnaround in 2009. According to IFPI Sweden , music sales were up 10.2% -- the first increase since 2000. Digital sales rose 99%, but accounted for only 16% of total sales. Perhaps not coincidentally ...

  43. Thumbplay Launches Streaming Music Service

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Seems there's a rush on to provide on-demand, streaming music apps for mobile phones before Spotify hits the market. This time it's Thumbplay , the mobile ringtone powerhouse that today launched a $10 a month streaming music service for ...

  44. Dada Flips Switch On Hybrid Subscription Service

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Mobile entertainment service provider Dada Entertainment is today launched a hybrid web-mobile music subscription service called Play.me . The Web-based service operates much like any other music subscription service, offering unlimited streaming ...

  45. Briefs: Harmonix, Guvera, Wisin & Yandel

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- Harmonix, developers of “The Beatles: Rock Band” and the entire “Rock Band” franchise, has cut 39 staffers, the company confirmed today. The Cambridge, Mass.-based company is a subsidiary of MTV Games. The result is a 13% staff reduction. Accor ...

  46. MySpace Music Launches In The U.K.

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Over a year after its U.S. rollout, MySpace Music has made its long-awaited bow in the United Kingdom, going live at 00.01 U.K. time today (Dec. 3), following a launch gig by U.K. rock band Kasabian at London's Heaven venue. As with the U.S. ...

  47. MySpace, Merlin Standoff Ends

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace Music and independent music aggregator Merlin buried the hatchet with a deal that adds the company's roster of independent labels to the online streaming music service. While financial details of the arrangement were not disclosed, th ...

  48. NARM Task Force To Focus On Digital Music Issues

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Association of Recording Merchandisers has launched a Digital Think Tank, a special task force of NARM members dedicated to resolving issues surrounding the business of digital music. "Historically, through the work of our Operat ...

  49. Blog Network MOG To Add New Web Site Services

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music-focused blog network MOG expects to add a music streaming, download and Internet radio service to its site by Thanksgiving, according to a company announcement. Dubbed MOG All Access, the music service will be fully Web-based and cost $5 per ...

  50. BSkyB Launches Digital Music Service

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Almost 15 months after first announcing the service with Universal as the first major on board, leading pay-TV provider and Internet Service Provider BSkyB is finally about to launching its digital music service. Sky Songs offers access to over 4 ...

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